Level cities with your strange squid song

Laura Hudson

Imagine that one day a giant squid materialized in the sky over a city, singing the song that will end the world. Imagine that you are that squid. Read the rest

You must hear this rapturous, pastoral and unique game score

Leigh Alexander

Jessica Curry's unforgettable compositions for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture would have topped the UK classical charts this week—but were removed for being an OST (Harry Potter music still allowed, though?). Appreciate this vivid, atmospheric soundtrack anyway. Read the rest

Everyday Misanthrope, the game about making people miserable

Laura Hudson

Every interaction with another human being is just another opportunity to make the people around you feel more like you do: absolutely miserable. Read the rest

Battle your friends in a game inspired by 1980s space anime

Laura Hudson

The opening screen of Capsule Force feels ripped from the intro to an anime series: a series of stars pinging out a catchy melody in the sky like a series of shining bells. It's a retrofuturistic battle game that wears its love of 1980s space anime on its sleeve, inspired partly by the aesthetics of […] Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Pac-Man 256

Laura Hudson

The new Pac-Man is about running from a glitch wave through an endless map while shooting lasers at ghosts. Read the rest

Read a cool new book on our strange, deep relations with video games

Leigh Alexander

The recently-released Death by Video Game is a a great read for serious fans of games, but also for people who don't really play them—it tackles all the fun questions about violence and obsession, and offers complicated answers. Read the rest

Mavis Beacon taught you typing. Who was she really?

Leigh Alexander

The model who played the famous software typing tutor had "three-inch" fingernails in her real life, apparently. Read the rest

Passengers is a game about the human cost of Europe's migrant crisis

Leigh Alexander

You're a smuggler assessing asylum seekers who want to go to Europe. You'll be surprised at how quickly you become an arbiter of human life. Read the rest

A game-making app for everyone?

Anna Anthropy

Game-making apps tend to evolve into intimidating tools aimed at pros. Beginners need something useful to non-coders—and Nintendo has the right idea. Read the rest

Weird dinosaurs, haberdashery and second-kills

Leigh Alexander

Last week we pastiched some nightmare dinosaurs, learned some Chinese vocabulary, and had a serious chat about piracy and poverty. Make Monday less dreary with wonderful memories of last week. Read the rest

Poop on everyone as a beautiful seagull

Laura Hudson

"You poop uncontrollably. Your purpose is to poop on things." Read the rest

Play the world's largest version of Minesweeper, maybe

Laura Hudson

In honor of the game's 30th anniversary, you can apply for a chance to clear 38,799 mines from a massive Minesweeper board that stretches across 24 screens—on expert mode. Read the rest

China loves the lingo of games

Christina Xu

In honor of games' growing influence on contemporary Chinese vernacular, here are 5 translated phrases to Second Kill your English vocab. Read the rest

Play it now: Anatomically Incorrect Dinosaurs

Leigh Alexander

Anatomically Incorrect Dinosaurs is a new, vitally-weird project from the brilliant Nathalie Lawhead, part software-driven narrative experience, part horrific dinosaur re-assembly simulation. Read the rest

Wheels of Aurelia's '70s Italian roadtrip looks enchanting

Leigh Alexander

"Half racing game, half interactive fiction, it tells the story of Lella, a restless woman driving on the roads of the western coast of Italy, the famous Via Aurelia." Read the rest

Girls care more about playing as girls than boys do about playing as girls

Leigh Alexander

A lively, accessible video lecture by Ashly Burch and Rosalyn Wiseman presents research into how games impact the social lives of young people, and how important representation is to boys versus girls. Read the rest

Check out a fanzine about 'the internet's microconsole'

Leigh Alexander

Contributors like Terry Cavanagh, Devine Lu Linvega and Arnaud De Bock, as well as PICO-8 developer Zep, among others, have made the stylish, cute 48-page fanzine -- free digitally -- for users interested in learning more about the elegant little digital console. Read the rest

The drone warfare game where you spy on players with your smartphone

Laura Hudson

"Bycatch" is a term used by fishermen to describe the marine life unintentionally caught in their nets. It's also the name of a card game that deals with a very different sort of collateral damage: civilians killed by drone strikes. Read the rest

New horror text games give voice to marginalized women

Leigh Alexander

"Twine horror games can act as catharsis for both creators and players by claiming ownership of fictionalized terror and fear," writes Carli Velocci in Bitch Magazine. Read the rest

How to join this weekend's Ludum Dare game-making jam

Leigh Alexander

Want to know how to join the latest Ludum Dare jam? There are plenty of resources that can help. Read the rest

The games you don't play

Leigh Alexander

We often lavish upon "interactivity" as a defining quality of games, but from Progress Quest and Adventure Capitalist to Cookie Clicker and beyond, there are many games about idleness, games that play themselves. Read the rest

Don't like spiders? Play this great game as a teeny walrus

Leigh Alexander

Aracnophobes can now play Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon as a tiny striped walrus. Find out how (it involves some candle rituals?) Read the rest

Tend a family of lifelike succulent plants on your desktop

Leigh Alexander

In keeping with Offworld's recent fixation on gardening games, I've been playing Viridi, a mysteriously-soothing game about taking care of different varieties of succulent plants. Read the rest

Get mysterious with Dusk Child, a rich little exploration puzzle

Leigh Alexander

Each screen requires its own kind of meditative patience, but as you draw a mental map of the world in your mind you start to feel the slow burn of pride that comes with having swept each moonlit corner. Read the rest

A romance game that feels like playing a Jane Austen novel

Laura Hudson

If you've ever wanted to experience the romance, gossip, and tragic social misunderstandings of an Austen heroine, Regency Love is a visual novel made just for you. Read the rest

You might have been okay at Super Hexagon, back in the day

Leigh Alexander

This awesome Game & Watch "demake" of Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon explores the pure essence of the vicious geometric game. If you're a slow-mo like me, you might actually have a chance of scoring well for once. Read the rest

Convert your face into emoji

Laura Hudson

Like most people, I enjoy using emoji. But until today, I could not actually be emoji. All that has changed. Read the rest

Play it now: Composition in a Minor Key

Leigh Alexander

Perhaps I'm feeling soft today, but I felt sentimental and melancholic speaking to the fortune teller who said my life might have been different if I'd only met that neighbor who loves apricot jam. Read the rest

Exploring the abandoned digital campuses of Second Life universities

Laura Hudson

During the heyday of Second Life, numerous universities set up their own online campuses in the virtual world, which have slowly become ghost towns—and artifacts of an earlier digital era. Read the rest

Mobile game of the week: Spider, Rite of the Shrouded Moon

Leigh Alexander

Not everyone loves spiders, but these diligent, curious and graceful creatures just want to keep pests out of your mansion and solve mysteries. Give this one a shot. Read the rest

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